Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ricky Oyola #9.

The early days of Zoo York.

Ricky does a nosegrind on a ledge at Love Park in Philadelphia.

The photo is by Jeremy Traub. The design is by Eli Morgan Gesner.

Thrasher - September 1994 Volume 14 Number 9

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Omar Hassan #5.

Magic Carpet Ride.

Street Omar gaps out to something, probably a lipslide, on the same leftover piece of metal that Bo Ikeda was skating in a post from earlier this month. Omar would have been riding for Acme. Formula One was shifted over to include boards later on in the 1990s and only made round plastic things at this time. I was going to say this is the last Acme ad for a while, but I've got two Channel One ads lined up in the weeks ahead. Things are starting to get a little lean for content.

It's like summer outside today. There was rain to start the day and then it dried up so I got in some lunch break skateboarding at the park. It was mostly dry. I'm glad I went because the rain started up again for the afternoon. I went back to Jamestown to skate on Saturday and I cruised the park here on Sunday, too. It feels good to get a few days in a row of skateboarding in again.

The photo is by Chris Ortiz.

Transworld - May 1993 Volume 11 Number 5

Monday, February 19, 2018

Mirko Mangum.

Kite Flier.

Venture ran a lot of ads with tightly cropped photos of bluntslides on curbs and ledges over the years. Mirko rode for Planet Earth.

How cold is too cold to skateboard? I used to have set temperatures where I wouldn't bother, but I think the cutoff has gotten lower over the last few years. I'm talking optimal conditions with bright sunshine and no wind. Even if it is a little colder, wearing dark clothing when the sun is out warms you up, kind of like a reverse of Alex Olson's all white outfits to beat the NYC heat. Obviously, it has to be dry, too. As of late, I go by what it feels like outside more than any specific number. I've got a theory that humidity and barometric pressure might be as much of an influence on things as the temperature, but I've never bothered to investigate that in depth.

Thrasher - September 1993 Volume 13 Number 9

Friday, February 16, 2018

Paul Zuanich #2.

Think pro and internet designer zips through a switch backside tail at Wallenberg.

Work has been jamming a little more than I expected today. The weekend ain't getting here soon enough.

Thrasher - September 1993 Volume 13 Number 9

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Edward Devera #2.

I enjoy a lot of the design for the Real ads circa 1992 and 93 when the company was starting to establish themselves in the industry.

Ed is from San Jose, California. He was an am for Santa Cruz before switching to Real. He would later ride for Mad Circle and ATM Click. Ed's part in the first Real video featured a variety of smoothly done flip tricks and manuals set to the sounds of Santana.

It seems like spring might be getting here soon, but winter still has plenty of time left. I checked the skatepark and it is buried under more snow than what our brief warm up will probably be able to melt. I forgot there was a good dose of the white stuff last week. I got in a flatground session in my parents' driveway yesterday after work since that was the only spot that was dry. I wanted to skate my portable flat bar, but my dad moved it to the storage shed in the backyard and I didn't feel like getting it out. I settled for some pop shove-its and bailing heelflips. I usually got those, but it wasn't happening. I also realized my flat game is pretty lean. I think I'd rather do boardslides and 50-50s because it feels like you are doing something more productive. I've put in the time over the years to learn tricks on flat and I know what battles I can win versus which tricks are a lost cause.

Thrasher - July 1993 Volume 13 Number 7

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Willy Santos.


Willy is doing a switch crooked grind for Formula One Wheels by Acme during the Birdhouse Projects days. You don't really think of Willy as doing a lot of opposite footed tricks, but he was throwing out some good ones in the Untitled video from 1993. I had at least one set of wheels by Acme and a bunch of their shirts. Their whole no pro model theme has been discussed to death, but I always dug their graphics and ad designs. I've probably mentioned that way too often as well.

Transworld - September 1993 Volume 11 Number 9

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Jim Duhamel & Pete Mihalenko.

Mailorder YouTube.

This was the ad for a promo video from New School. Since it was only five bucks, I ordered a copy. It was dubbed onto a full length VHS tape, even though the video was only ten minutes long. This was probably cheaper than getting a bunch of copies professionally made. All of the footage was from the spring and summer of 1992 so there were a lot of big pants and pressure flips. The skaters featured were Mike Chu, Alan Lo, Tom Boyle, George Karr, Justin Bokma, Mike Cox, Donnie Cameron, Danny Susek, Jason Corbett, Jim Duhamel, and Pete Mihalenko. Jim and Pete had the last two parts and I think they might have been turned pro after the vid came out. The soundtrack has some era appropriate post-punk/hardcore, the Beastie Boys, NOFX, and a couple of oldies.

Select highlights:

Mike Chu opens his part with an ollie down Wallenberg from the Back to the City contest of either late August or early September 1992. This was probably the last trick filmed for the video. Mike skates around a couple of those wooden parks that they had in California at the time.

Alan Lo is a little kid who does a lot of pressure flips and other assorted slow moving grind/slide combos.

Tom Boyle has a part with mini ramp and vert action. He's good for a couple of noseslides on the street, too. The Rock's part was mostly filmed at one indoor park, I think it was Cheapeskates. He rips.

There's a shared am part with George Karr, Justin Bokma, and the rest of the guys I mentioned. Curbs, stairs, gaps, and flip tricks coupled with big shorts and Airwalk NTS shoes that reflect the style of the era.

Jason Corbett's footage is mostly at an indoor skatepark in Canada and looks like it was filmed in one day. Jason shreds. He might even do one of the first Barley Grinds ever on a ledge.

Jim Duhamel tackles some handrails and skates fast. He puts together a few lines out in the streets.

Pete Mihalenko has a solid part. He does a he really nice backside 360 ollie down a decent sized gap. He does a lot of flip tricks and lands everything on the bolts, including a couple of backfoot flips.

And that wraps up a review for a video you've probably never seen and wasn't on the internet since last I checked.

Thrasher - November 1992 Volume 12 Number 11